Viewers of all ages are able to learn about anatomy, health, and wellness through more than 200 plastinated specimens of real human bodies at the Body Worlds: Pulse exhibit in the California Science Center.
Paula Wagner, associate director of communications at the Center, explains how human bodies can be preserved for thousands of years through a process called plastination.
“Body fluids are removed and replaced with a polymer like substance,” Wagner said in an interview with Circa.
“And once the substance is placed into the body, it allows him to manipulate the body to positions, various positions before it begins to harden.”
The concept of using human corpses as a form of education and entertainment was introduced by Dr. Gunther von Hagens, an anatomist who invented the technique.
The exhibit showcases whole bodies, organs, and slices in different galleries. The various displays showcase different human functions and body systems.
Guests have the opportunity to learn how to stay healthy, as well as marvel at and learn how the human body functions and works at this special exhibit.
The exhibit has several installations that travel around the world. There are usually exhibits on display in North America and across Europe at several points throughout the year.
Body Worlds is open to the public until Feb. 20. You can find more information here.